THE HYPOCRITICAL REPUBLICAN HALL OF SHAME!

Sept. 30, 2013  By Jack Jodell.

There are few who have deservedly attacked the now reactionary, Tea Party-infested Republican Party more often or more vehemently than this no repubsblogger. This group of crazed, anti-government zealots has done tremendous damage to this country ever since they sprang into being nasty reaganunder Ronald Reagan and increased their frenzy during the presidency of George W. Bush. They continue their ever-rightward spiral downward and are accelerating it to an eventual crash under the influence of the crackpot-laden Tea Party, which infested the GOP in 2010 and is now all but devouring it. These zealots represent an extreme danger to our country because they are fundamentally anti-democracy to begin with and wish to destroy all traces of pro-worker, pro-people government  involvement and influence in our society. These are twisted subversives which must be completely removed from our politics, economy, and government if we are to remain a strong, diverse, and independent nation as we once were. 

smug and ignorant bastardIt now appears that there will be a shutdown of the federal government, thanks to rge efforts of that arrogant renegade Tea Party Senator from Texas, Ted Cruz, and an equally rabid group of insane Teapublican House members. 800.000 federal workers will not be reporting to work, meanng that if you need a passport to travel you won’t be able to het one or if you wanted to visit a national park pr national zoo or national museum, you won’t be able to, for they will all be closed. Those wishing to purchase a gun won’t be able to, as no gun permits will be issued during this shytdown. The aerospace and defense industries will also be affected, and the thousands of businesses which supply such industry giants as Lockheed Martin or Raytheon will be forced to lay off workers due to reduced demand for the products and services they produce for them. All because these renegade and uncaring Teapublicans insist that funding for the Affordable Care Act of 2010 be blocked, and the Senate Democrats and President Obama have correctly refused to go along with this madness. These Teapublicans are once again behaving as though they were spoiled children, refusing to join in on a game unless they completely get their own way, and preventing all others from continuing the game unless their demands are met. Unless addressed before Oct. 17, this shutdown will mean that the government will be unable to have its debt ceiling increased, meaning that it wull default, for the very first time in our entire history, and be unable and unwilling to pay its bills for monies it has already spent. This is completely irresponsible and indefensible.

Today’s Tea Party idiots all adore and champion the late President Ronald Reagan. They would be wise to examine what their hero had to say about an impending failure to increase the debt limit which occurred during his angry reagan 2presidency. In a radio broadcast on Sept. 26. 1987, Reagan said (and I quote):
“Congress consistently brings the government to the edge of default before facing its responsibility. This brinksmanship threatens the holders of government bonds and those who rely on Social Security and Veteran benegits. Interest rates would skyrocket; instability would occur in financial markets; and the federal deficit would soar. The United States has a special responsibility to itself and to the world to meet its obligations. It means we have a well-earned reputation for reliability and credibility; two things that set us apart from much of the world…”

I doubt that any of today’s Tea Party infested reactionary Republican Party members will heed Reagan’s warning. They refuse to listen to reason and they hate government anyway and want to destroy it. They have long claimed to be “the party of fiscal responsibility” but those of us who really know the score are gop lies bigpants on fireconvinced beyond all doubt that this is yet another of a very long and tiresome set of hypocritical Republican lies. Other hypocritical lying Republicans include (but are not limited to) a list of 15 House Republicans, each of whom accepted large federal farm subsidies for their family farm but then turned around and voted for a severe cut in food stamps which benefit the poor! The utter hypocrisy here would be amazing, except when you remember these are Republicans we are talking about. The list includes: Robert Anderholt (AL), Blake Farenthold (TX), Stephen Fincher (TN), Vicky Hartzler (MO), John Kline (MN), Doug Malfa (CA), Tom Latham (IA), Frank Lucas (OK), Cynthia Lummis (WY), Randy Neugebauer (TX), Kristi Noem (SD), Marlin Stutzman (IN)m and Mac Thornberry (TX). The hypocrisy here is two-fold: each of gop doesn't carethese persons gladly accepted the corporate welfare of their farm subsidy yet would not approve the individual welfare provided by food stamps; and, while claiming to be “the party of Christian values”, these Republicans voted against the repeated instructions of Jesus to feed the poor and sick. Of course, the numbers of congressional Republicans who actually care about sick or poor Americans these days is infinitesimally small. Most loathe or choose to ignore these countrymen; tough luck, Jesus.

These Tea Party-infested, reactionary Republicans who vote for a government shutdown, refuse to fund or implement the Affordable Care Act of 2010 (aka “Obamacare”), and willfully take federal farm subsidies for themselves while voting to deny food stamps for the needy no longer deserve to be on the public payroll. As taxpayers, we should be outraged, and vote them permanently out of office in November of 2014. Where they actually belong is in the Hypocritical Republican Hall of SHAME!don't elect gop           

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AMAZING SIMILARITIES OF TWO POLITICAL BLOWHARDS!

Sept. 24, 2013  By Jack Jodell.

In the course of our national history, the United States has had scores (maybe even a majority) of egotistic, opportunistic, self-centered political blowhards. In recent years, intelligent people have been plagued with the micheleisnutspalindumb2 rlikes of Sarah Palin (with her utterly false and absurd claim of “death panels” being set up for elderly  people), to Michele Bachmann’s equally proposterous question of “why do we need a minimum wage?” and her exhortations to taxpayers to descend perry lupon Washington “armed and dangerous” to demand lower taxes, to Rick Perry’s assertion that the time-honored tradition of Social Security being actually a “Ponzi scheme” – we have had no shortage of political buffoonery. These politicians attained, yet were often unworthy of, high political office. They spent the majority of their time in the public spotlight making outrageous claims or statements mainly designed to gain them undue attention and/or to advance their political careers or even increase their personal wealth. It is one of the unintended aspects of free speech that such reckless and irresponsible fools have been afforded the opportunity to speak out so insanely.

mc carthy r3=2cruz lSpeaking of reckless and irresponsible fools, I have noticed a startling resemblance between a current loud-mouthed Texas Senator and a Wisconsin Senator of 60 years ago who rose to a brief prominence. Not only do they look amazingly alike (expressions, mannerisms and all), but their rise to power and fame, plus their methodology to get there, has been remarkably and disgustingly similar. 

Bmc carthy l2oth men took advantage of current concerns and issues to advance themselves. They used scapegoats for their fodder. In Joe McCarthy’s case, he managed to use the then-rising fear and threat of global communism to attract media attention and fuel what had once been a mundane and unimpressive career into  a literal juggernaut of power, prestige, and influence. A man who loved the limelight almost as much as he loved his alcohol, McCarthy claimed in a speech in 1950 to have “a list of 205 – a list of names that were made known to the Secretary of State as being members of the Communist Party and who nevertheless are still working and smc carthy rhaping policy in the State Department.” For dramatic effect while making this speech, McCarthy waved the supposed list in his hand while talking, yet he NEVER provided the list to the press or anyone else who was in attendance at the speech that day. Nonetheless, it created an immediate sensation and propeled McCarthy to sudden stardom. He was booked everywhere to give paid speeches as a supposed expert on communism. Before long, he was conducting hearings in the Senate which soon became horrible witch hunts. Those accused of being communists or even “fellow travelers” soon lost their jobs and became blacklisted, and were targets for ignorant hatemongers. The press and public became caught in an irrational fear of communists being hidden literally everywhere. Many innocent people were needlessly hurt by these witch hunts, and some even committed suicide in utter distress. McCarthy grew bolder as his fame and influence skyrocketed, until he even intimated that communists had infiltrated the U.S. Army. At the resultant  welch vs. mc carthySenate Army hearings, McCarthy was finally and thankfully shut sown cold by skilled Attorney Joseph Nye Welch. Almost concurrently, his claims of communist infiltration within the government were thoroughly debunked by the popular and brilliant CBS-TV investigative reporter Edward R. Murrow. McCarthy soon became regarded as a fraud, was censured by the Senate, and died in disgrace a few years later. Along the way, though, his reckless shenanigans needlessly claimed far too many innocent victims.

Michelle Bachmann, Tea Party Leaders Hold News Conference On IRS ScandalIn the case of Ted Cruz, once regarded as far too right-wing to win a race for erious high office, he was unexpectedly elected to the Senate in the great Tea Party infestation of the now reactionary  Republican Party that occured in 2010. He took advantage of previous GOP gerrymandering efforts in his state to win the Republican Primary and then the general election. He immediately latched on to what he  perceived may be an unpopular issue, the Affordable Care Act of 2010, and has been riding it like a bucking bronco ever since.

cruzNot even in office for one full term, Cruz has been parading around the country attacking this “Obamacare” and is rashly advocating a shutdown of the federal government to prevent funding for the law’s implementation. This cold-hearted, self-absorbed brute is apparently oblivious to the fact that such a shutdown would be utterly disastrous for the low-income elderly, as well as for disabled Americans who depend on the timely arrival of their monthly Social Security check. He is also definitely not thinking about, or simply does not even care about, the millions of Americans who will lose access to health insurance if this law is not allowed to be implemented. But that doesn’t faze Cruz at all. He must simply view these folks as some sort of unimportant collateral damage.  It is clear to see that Cruz is in love with the new public spotlight he sees himself in, and is hoping this new prominence will propel him to a successful bid to capture the 2016 Republican Presidential nomination and then to snatch the White House up all for himself.

far right cruzSuch a dreamer! Cruz isn’t even considering the devastation his impetuous actions will wreak on his own party! He isn’t even thinking about how shutting down the fedral government may cause the GOP to lose control of the House of Representatives or may cost them the chance to control the Senate, to say nothing of capturing the White House in 2016. 

Ted Cruz is a VERY dangerous man, The full effects of his political maneuvering  won’t be known for some time, but it is almost guaranteed to be a political disaster for his party and the entire country, just as the preceding era of McCarthyism was!

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INEQUALITY FOR ALL!

Sept. 19, 2013  By Jack Jodell.

“This economy can go on no longer…because it has become absolutely criminal…this economic model is killing more people in the world than all the armies put together.”
– Chilean Economist Manfred Max-Neef –

FS TVI had the distinct pleasure of learning about several possible major economic modifications to the horribly omjust economic system called capitalism which currently dominates the entire globe. Both came courtesy of programs I viewed on FREE SPEECH TV, the commercial-free, independent television network which consistently presents intelligent, thought-provoking programming.

thomThe first was a response by the very sharp Thom Hartmann to the recent senseless murders of 12 innocent civilian worlers by deranged gunman Aaron Alexis at a Naval facility in Washington, D.C. Mr. Hartmann brilliantly proposed that all current and would-be future gun owners be registered. licensed, and required to have liability insurance which would be payable to anyone injured by, or to a victim’s family in the event of them being murdered by, said gun owner’s gun. He equated it to what automobile drivers must have before they can legally drive, and he advocated having very stiff penalties for those who didn’t comply. The genius of this simple plan still amazes me as I write this.

amy gdmnREICHThe second was a pair of enthralling interviews Democracy Now!‘s host, Amy Goodman, had with both former Secretary of Labor Robert B. Reich and a Chilean Economist. She interviewed Reich about his soon to be released film Inequality for All, which will be in theaters across the country starting Sept. 23, and which I highly recommend! It tells the story of the forces which led Reich to became interested in economics and government; his analyzation of how and why our economy has become so overwhelmingly slanted in favor of the wealthiest 1%, and, most crucially, lays a framework for how we, the MAJORITY 99%, can effectively take our economy back to ensure a more equal and fairer distribution of wealth going forward. She also played a clip of MAX-NEEFthe Independence Day-weekend interview she did in Bogota, Colombia with noted international Chilean Economist Manfred Max-Neef . The quote you see at the top of this posting came directly from that interview. Goodman related how Prof. Max-Neef is also strongly advocating the creation of an Economic Crimes Tribunal, an idea I heartily endorse! I hope such a tribunal will definitely come about, and that it will have the same authority to try, convict, and actually sentence those found guilty that the post-World War II Nuremberg Trials had in 1946! Clearly, there are multitudes of economic criminals in banking and government throughout the world who should and must be convicted for the huge numbers of lives their piggish behavior has negatively impacted!

Again, I thank Free Speech TV for presenting these excellent programs, which inspured this post and saved me from watching the brain-stunting trash like Tickle, Happily Never After, American Idol, FOX “News”, and the hundreds of juvenile ads for Viagra, Cialis, FDS, and insurance that are typically found on commercial-laden American tetelevision 24/7!

Remember to watch for INEQUALITY FOR ALL in theaters on Sept. 23, The clips I saw in the Reich interview were outstanding!                  

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WHERE IS SANITY? AN END TO CORPORATE SLAVERY!

Sept. 13, 2013  By Jack Jodell.

LBJWhen then-President Lyndon B. Johnson declared war on poverty in the mid-1960s, I was still too young to vote. Yet, as one after another of his ambitious Great Society programs were launched and implemented by a Congress who was courageous and much more committed to fairness and egalitarianism than the miserable and wretched band of bought-out corporate toadies we vastly overpay today, I somehow knew the country was in safe hands and was headed in the right direction.  The evidence was all around me: Incomes in all categories were rising, especially at the bottom; labor unions were strong and able to deliver some actual income  bargaining leverage for workers; and long-neglected and vitally important civil rights legislation was finally being adopted. The country was showing definite signs of economic and social progress. Then came the distrous war in Vietnam, a huge political mistake by LBJ. After that came Nixon and Kissinger, Watergate, the weak presidency of Jimmy Carter, with Reagan, Bush I, a mixed-results presidency under Bill Clinton, a neocon foreign and economic disaster under Bush II and Cheney, and, finally, the less-than-fully-satisfactory presidency of the nation’s first elected African-American President, Barack Obama, all to follow. Liberal America – the one I had grown up in during the late 1950s until the late 1970s – was, very regretfully, gone. In its place has been  put a neoconservative nightmare, and it has been a living hell.  

NIXBy the time I was finally able to vote, Richard Nixon was already in office. Slowly but surely, he began a long process of dismantling beneficial economic and social programs which has continued to this very day. The country gradually became more conservative, a process which accelerated greatly with the election of Ronald Reagan in 1980, and went into hyper-speed during the Bush II administration in the first decade of this 21st century. Since the advent of the horrific 9/11 attacks, this country has entered a new and more sinister phase – a very unhealthy one, in my estimation.

war criminalsGeorge W. Bush, DICK Cheney, and Donald Rumsfeld – perhaps the most UNholy trinity this nation has ever produced – lied us into a very costly and thoroughly unnecessary war in Iraq, and then plundered the tiny country to ensure a strong American presence and dominance over Iraqi oil for a long time to come. They introduced – for the very first time in American history –  the adoption of torture as an accepted and even desirable way for our military to obtain information from enemy combatants. Like a bunch of thugs, they also implemented a policy of rendition, which meant that, at their whim, people could be secretly picked up anywhere in the world and forcibly removed to a hidden detention center of  their choice. with absolutely no advance notice whatsoever. Over the years, they have enabled a shadowy National Security Agency to randomly spy on the bank records, personal phone calls, and every email sent by anyone in the country. They have wantonly shredded the Constitution with these paranoid overreactions, all in the name of preserving “national security.” They have even suspended the writ of habeas corpus – something that has been the cornerstone of western law since 1215 in pre-Renaissance England!

I DO NOT EVEN RECOGNIZE THIS COUNTRY ANY LONGER – in their paramoidal zeal to “protect” us, far-right extremism is actually destroying gadsden flagus! Led by its severely deluded Tea Party faction, the now reactionary Republican Party has gripped the Congress in a hopeless deadlock and is severely hampering thef ederal government’s ability to properly function. It has effectively paralyzed  government and is threatening to shut it down altogether. Worse than that, the concurrent rise in corporatism has devastated the United States. Wall Street long ago corrupted the Republican Party and is now wreaking havoc on the Democratic Party as well.  Egged on by notoriously short-sighted reactionary Republicans like Phil Gramm, Democratic President Bill Clinton foolishly spearheaded a disastrous deregulation  drive which culminated in the repeal of Glass-Steagall. Freed from regulatory burdens, Wall Street banks immediately embarked on a wild speculation spree. This, of course,  led to the recent horrible Great Recession of 2008. As unemployment rose to heights inseen since the 1930s, wealthy obama angryWall Street bankers were bailed out by Democratic President Barack Obama. Despite totally inaccurate and even utterly ridiculous clains by the far-right of “socialism”, the very wealthiest 1% have steadily gotten richer and richer, while the MAJORITY 99% below them have steadfastly been losing ground. This is inexcusable and wholly unsustainable for a modern so-called “democracy.” Amid this senseless and unjust chaos, one can very justifiably wonder “where is sanity?”

But that illustrates our current problem perfectly, for America is no longer a democracy but has de-volved into a sordid plutocracy. This is no longer the country I was born into, with justifiably rising expectations and the promise of justice for all. The power of Labor to obtain better pay and working conditions for all workers has all but been destroyed. Wealth disparity is rising rather than shrinking, as it had begun to do in the 1960s before all this recent madness set in. Until the wealthy end their paranoia and abandon their obsessive and oppressive greed and manipulation of the economy, this country is NOT worth protecting or worth fighting for! That won’t stop the neocons, though. They simply will not rest until we have engaged ourselves in yet anoter war. This time, the victim will be Iran…

For well over a decade, polls have shown that a large majority of the public believes that the United States is on the wrong track. I agree with that majority wholeheartedly. 

The Civil Rights era of the 1950s and 1960s produced great benefits for the entire country.  Let us resolve, right here and now, to spend the next two decades in active pursuit of an equally beneficial ECONOMIC RIGHTS ERA for ALL Americans, and end forever  this tyranny  of corporate slavery the wealthy have trapped us within! Let us  reduce the record wealth disparity we have today, and let us strive to end pay discrimination against women, the poor, and non-whites. Let us dedicate ourselves to work toward definitely and finally achieving ECONOMIC JUSTICE for ALL!      

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SOMETHING TO CHERISH: FREE SPEECH TV!

Sept. 7, 2013  By Jack Jodell. 

Those who have followed this blog know how justifiably critical I have been of mainstream, network TV. It has never failed to insult our intelligence by presenting, almost exclusively, shows with a pro-corporate bias in a childish, sensationalistic slant. It has almost eliminated true investigative journalism and has deprived us of very necessary real debate and pertinent background information in the process. Nearly everything is presented at face value and a great deal of legitimate and vital side information is left wholly unsaid. We are slowly but surely becoming a very ignorant nation, and much of the blame can be laid squarely on corporate-owned, mainstream network television.

FS TVI wish today to reaffirm my stromg belief in, and allegiance to, a completely viewer-supported, commercial-free, and fully independent network called FREE SPEECH TV.

This amazing network consistently delivers intelligent, GOOD topical programming that regular, corporate-owned mainstream TV all but ignores. A good number of former Air America radio hosts broadcast here, among whom include AMY GOODMAN (her Democracy Now!  show is amy gdmnthomfabulous); THOM HARTMANN (his Conversations With Great Minds and Brunch With Bernie Sanders segments on his show are not to be missed); MIKE PAPANTONIO (whose Ring Of Fire program  exposes corporate fat cats, environmental mike papantonio cdavid pakmanpolluters, and corporate media spin-masters); DAVID PAKMAN (which features Progressive analysis and interviews with the country’s youngest nationally syndicated radio and television host); DAVEY D (whose Open Line News With Davey D  features one davey dof nation’s greatest African-American Journalists, who is well-known for his top-notch guests and relentless pursuit of the most underreported but historically significant  stories; plus dozens of other revealing documentaries like Marx Reloaded, (which analyzes  the relevance of Marx’s ideas for understanding our current global financial crisis); Meet The Frackers (an examination of those who are profiting immensely from the rise of fracking over the past decade); Waiting For Armageddon (which portrays how this country’s 50-million-strong Evangelical Christians are convinced that the world’s future is foretold in Biblical prophecy – from the Rapture to the Battle of Armageddon); The New Shale Rush (which shows how an energy revolution based on new shale oil deposits in North Dakota is transforming global politics by making the US gas-independent, while also examining  what cost it will be to the environment, as well as its effect on European and Middle-Eastern stability); Ownung The Weather (which looks at  the promise of weather-modifying geoengineers who are attempting to offset the threat of global warming. and also examines the possible future financial effects pf such action);Wiebo’s War  (tells how a Christian Community is at war with the oil and gas industry and how a man named Wiebo Ludwig is the prime suspect in a series of pipeline bombings); as well as many other revealing programs like Alternate Focus (which provides an alternative view of Middle East issues that is usually not seen by American audiences); Rise Of The Machines (which examines how drones may eventually be used here domestically, and how their usage may radically and negatively impact civilian lives forever); and NorthWest Indian News (a program which tells stories and shares information about topics important to indigenous communities and our neighbors scross northwest America). These are but a tiny few examples of the true, HIGH-QUALITY programs you won’t ever see on commercial-engorged, corporate mainstream network TV. Another very relevant topic has been how the Democratic Party has developed a new Wall Street-wing since the Bill Clinton presidency which has neutralized much of what its once-progressive majority has tried to accomplish since then, and how this wing is once more trying to legalize disastrous market speculation. Believe me, readers – there are many, MANY more great program choices for you in store! 

FS TVSo please stop cheating yourselves, Americans, and quit watching brain-numbing nonsense like Honey Boo-Boo, Dancing  With The Stars, Fox “News”, Duck Dynasty, American Idol, Swamp People, Cajun Pawn Stars, and all the rest of that typical network “reality TV” garbage! Instead, treat yourself to a healthy dose of commercial-free, FREE SPEECH TV, which can be found online at https://www.freespeech.org/ and also at DIRECTV channel 348, DISH Network channel 9415, Burlington Telecom channel 122, and Ashland Home Net channel 96.  Join all of your like-minded, progressive friends over at FREE SPEECH TV, and see what you’ve been missing!     

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THE NEW BLACKLISTING MUST STOP!

Sept. 2, 2013  By Jack Jodell.

In the early 1950s, America was irrationally gripped with fear – primarily, fear of communists and the then-rising tide of world communism. Thousands of clergy, elected officials, and even movie stars and media figures rose up to denounce communism and to proclaim their allegiance to the American ideals of liberty and justice for all. This fear also evidenced itself in television programs, wherein even Superman was depicted as engaging in a “never-ending battle for truth, justice, and the American way.” O, to really live in such a fairy tale world! It was all make-believe, because it completely overlooked the fact that the nation of the 1950s was dominated by Jim Crow laws which instituted racial segregation for public facilities throughout much of the American South, and provided for a “separate but equal” (actually, separate but unequal) status in housing and public education for nonwhites, and even in employment. Poll taxes were in effect in many locales, effectively disenfranchising millions of poor African-Americans and Latinos. Such was the real state of the nation in the early 1950s!

mc carthy the drunken liarAt the center of this insanity sat one Wisconsin Senator, conservative Republican Joe McCarthy. A drunk who, prior to his 1950 rise to prominence had never accomplished much in the U.S. Senate, McCarthy propelled the fear of “communist subversion” into an actual hysterical nationwide frenzy. In February of 1950, he alleged (but never proved) that he had a list of “members of the Communist Party and members of a spy ring” who had somehow mysteriously infiltrated into the State Department. He claimed further that a number of communists or “fellow travelers” were actively employed in the Truman administration. The panic this caused was widespread and immense.  Congressional wirch-hunt hearings ensued and hundreds of active and/or former leftists, socialists, and liberals  were denounced publicly. Many lost their jobs and were unable to find work due to vicious blacklisting practices which came into being among employers. Mass hysteria became the new normal, with stupid right-wingers finding communists virtually everywhere, even hiding under people’s beds. This insanity continued until 1954, when it ended murrow in colorjoseph nye welchwith the brave and noble efforts of both respected CBS -TV newsman Edward R. Murrow and the very able attornry Joseph Nye Welch. These men, independent of one another, exposed McCarthy as the fraud and self-centered brute he actually was. As fast as his career rise had been, he now plummeted in popularity to the point where the word McCarthyism became justifiably viewed as a very negative term! The mass hysteria soon subsided, and, until the rise of the new neocon faction and the Tea Party-infested, reactionary Republican Party in recent years, remained where it should always be – far distant in the American political background.

With the advent of the horrible 9/11 attacks in 2001, a new wave of national hysteria developed – this time against Muslims, immigrants, and liberals who questioned the false pretenses under which the Bush / Cheney / Rumsfeld clique lied us into an extremely costly and wholly unnecessary war in Iraq. This latest batch even came with a dose of anti-French stirred in as well. “French” fries became “Freedom” fries in some restaurants, in retaliation for France’s inital misgivings about waging war on Iraq. Even worse was the re-emergence of blacklisting liberal reporters by the conservative, corporatist  owners of the mainstream media (TV, radio, and newspapers) who grabbed ownership of most of the nation’s media as a result of massive, successful wfforts by them to end regulation. Gone was fairness and balance in media. Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes created the nototious Republican propaganda machine called Fox “News”, and giant corporations like General Electric, Disney, and Viacom, to name but a few, all swooped in to grab as much of the remaining media pie as they could handle. Phil Donahue  was an early victim of this new blacklisting. Once General Electric learned of the refusal of Bush-era administration figures to appear on MSNBC-TV due to Donahue’s very legitimate questioning of the need for war, Donahue was unceremoniously dumped in favor of less critical and less questioning talking heads. Authentic investigative reporting was now subject to approval by a lying, corrupt administration, and to hell with journalistic integrity.  That, readers, is why you now are getting only parts of the news instead of the complete picture, and why, espite the huge number of news sources available today, much of what you see in today’s mainstream media is managed, and therefore suspect. That is also why we have seen once-critical talking heads like Rachel Maddow slowly but surely tamping it down, and why amy gdmnthomyou never see legitimate reporters like Amy Goodman or Thom Hartmann  on mainstream TV. Thankfully, they can be viewed either online or at LINK-TV or Free Speech TV.

Conservatives have learned a lot since the McCarthy era and from the verbal shellacking arch-conservative Barry Goldwater deservedly gave them in 1961. They have gotten sneakier and have learned how to lie much more effectively. They now advance their lies through bought-out “experts” at far-right think tanks which they parade before the mainstream TV’s cameras and by printing their nonsense on the editorial pages of the Murdoch-owned Wall Street Journal.  Their far-right stooges like House member Darrell Issa and the Senate’s Ted Cruz and Rand Paul constantly disseminate misinformation and outright lies. They also attempt to marginalize truth-telling progressives like Bernie Sanders and Al Franken.

jeff cihenJeff Cohen, a respected media critic who has been interviewd by Fox and CNN, and who worked for a time at MSNBC-TV, has released a very relevant  book chronicling his experiences in dealing with the mainstram media. The book is  called Cable News Confidential: My Misadventures In Corporate Media. The book is shown below, and I would highly recommend it to give you an indider’s look at the shenanigans being plled off by today’s corporate-dominated mass media.
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Meanwhile, corporatist stooges like Issa, Cruz, and Paul, and all other far-right fiction spreaders, much like the dishonorable Joe McCarthy before them, should also be thoroughly rejected and disregarded completely! We must NOT allow them or any of the neocons intimidate us into launching a military strike against Syria the way the far-right neocons tricked us into a prolomged war in Iraq! 

Happy Labor Day to all of you! On this special day set aside to honor workers, let us remember our struggling brothers and sisters in the lowly-paid fast food industry, and wish rhem success in their efforts to obtain a livable wage! Let us also each reflect upon and appreciate all that  past labor struggles during the 1930s and before have achieved for us: overtime pay for hours worked in excess of 40 in a particular week; paid vacations; unemployment compensation; disability benefits for those who can no longer work; amd numerous other safety measures while on the job. These benefits were obtained at great personal cost to workers of that time, and we should be grateful for all of them. Mostly, we must stand firm in our opposition to ANY attempt by current Republicans to weaken or eliminate them, because that is EXACTLY what they are trying to do!  

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MASTERS OF MASS DECEPTION (Part 3): BILL O’REILLY

Aug. 30, 2013  By Jack Jodell.

This is my third installment of an intermittent series devoted to those in the mass media who have established long and very successful careers by repeatedly lying through their teeth to the general public. This post today will focus on FOX “News” commentator BILL O’REILLY.

mean o'reillyBill O’Reilly (derisively referred to as “Billo” by many) is one of the few talking heads on FOX to truly have a legitimate degree from college, having majored in history and receiving a Master of Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Remarkably enough, and unlike many of his fellow buffoons found at FOX, O’Reilly  has actually spent time as an ivedtigative reporter, first for local stations and later for both CBS and ABC.  He even received two Emmy Awards for excellence in reporting during those years! Because of this, he should know better than to try to bamboozle us today with half truths and outright lies as he does so often now. But for Billo, at least, that is a near impossibility. He has simply told numerous whoppers over the ensuing years. Keith Olbermann  used to repeatedly call him on the carpet for these lies, constantly referring to him as “the worst person in the world.” Thom Hartmann has many times proved him to be “politically incorrect.” Distinguished Professor of Politics at Occidental College Peter Dreier published a boatload of Billo’s lies in the Huffington Post. What has happened to the once highly-awarded Bill O’Reilly?

cranky o'reilly rBillo has become the epitome of the angry white, elderly, conservative Republican voter. He often displays an almost arrogant, no-nonsense personality, and apparently takes great delight in shouting down and/or ridiculing his guests who have opposing viewpoints to his. Sour and mean-spirited in nature, he often verbally attacks his guests and has been known to turn off their microphones and ask them to get off the set if and when they disagree with him. For a man as educated as he, it is shocking to see him engage in such boorish behavior, although he does it quite regularly.

blowhard o'reilly lMake no mistake about it: Bill O’Reilly is a committed conservative. He is registered as an Independent, but it is very clear to see he is really just another very delusional Tea Party-infested reactionary Republican. Naturally, he is entitled to his own opinions, but he is NOT entitled to use his own made-up “facts.” He has repeatedly used hyperbole and even thinly-veiled racial slurs to accent some of his more preposterous allegations. He has made outrageous statements, only to deny them later by saying he never said such a thing. But video tapes do not lie, and many times he has been caught in a lie by making such denials. This blowhard has denied climate change by insisting that “God controls the climate.” He has claimed that liberals who support Gun Control are “totalitarians” like Hitler. In 2009. he made the off-the-wall prediction that if same-sex marriage were to be legalized, then “polygamy will run rampant.” During the horrible BP oil spill which still ravages the Gulf of Mexico today, Billo made the utterly ridiculous and thoroughly unfounded allegation that the Environmental Movement “absolutely did” contribute to that oil spill! Where this liar comes up with such nonsense is anybody’s guess! Both Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting and Media Matters have been critical of Billo’s bogus reporting. calling it misleading and correctly castigating him for presenting distorted facts and erroneous statistics.

mouthy o'reilly rO’Reilly, as thin-skinned as he is, has had numerous longstanding feuds with other media figures who oppose him. Al Sharpton is his current target, as Al has publicly refuted Billo’s lies of late. Past victims of his rage have also included Keith Olbermann, fellow FOX dolt Sean Hannity, and even Jennifer Anniston. This sourpuss just can’t seem to get along with anyone!

Bill O’Reilly has the most-watched cable news program on television. I will never be able to understand why people would tend to watch such a lying, angry, ranting and raving old fart. His fabrications are legendary, and his smugness is very disturbing. This blogger hereby goes on record to tell him, in Billo’s own crude vernacular, “SHUT UP!”                         

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